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People on the Move: Barclays, Bartle & Gibson, Daikin, Equipco and more

November 2, 2022 | By HPAC Magazine

A number of recent personnel announcements from the HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration industries.

Recent personnel moves in the HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration industry:


Joseph Meier

Bartle & Gibson has promoted Joseph Meier to senior vice president of operations. Meier joined Bartle & Gibson in 2007 as a purchasing agent and progressed from there, moving to purchasing manager, corporate purchasing manager, and most recently vice president of supply chain and logistics.


Joshua Ferguson

Joshua Ferguson has joined the technical sales team at Barclay Sales in Alberta. In the industry for over 20 years, Ferguson owned a plumbing and HVAC business in Calgary for 14 years and is hanging up the tools to follow his passion of becoming an educator and salesperson in the plumbing, HVAC and hydronic industry.


Bryan Schwartz

NAVAC has appointed Bryan Schwartz to the newly created position of national training manager. Schwartz is responsible for training development programs, in-person and remote instruction, organizing education-relation projects and opportunities, and managing other NAVAC training personnel. Joining NAVAC in 2020, Schwartz has nearly 25 years of sales and service management experience, most recently as senior national training manager for LG Electronics.


Nick Bérubé

Adam Hedden

As manufacturer’s representative Equipco celebrates 40 years in business the company has announced five team members who have been elevated to the position of associate partners in the organization. Congratulation to Nick Bérubé in Ottawa; Adam Hedden in London, Ont.; Pierre Huneault in Coquitlam, B.C.; Evan Cikaluk in Calgary; and Bryan Jones in Coquitlam.

Pierre Huneault


Evan Cikaluk

Bryan Jones






Mike Lavoie

BMI has announced that Mike Lavoie, vice-president of business development, will be retiring at the end of 2022. Lavoie originally joined BMI in 2005 as its Eastern Canada sales manager and he has spent 30 years in the industry. In his role with the master distributor of plumbing products, Lavoie always focused on the importance of building long-term relationships with both customers and suppliers.


Daniel Minniti

Superior Radiant Products has promoted Daniel Minniti to the role of customer support manager based in Stoney Creek, Ont. In his new role, Minniti will ensure first rate customer experience in terms of sales support and technical support.


Michelle Newland

Oatey Co. has named Michelle Newland to the role of executive vice president and chief international business officer, where she will be dedicated to growing Oatey’s international business, effective January 1, 2023. After more than 20 years with Oatey, Newland most recently served as president of the retail and international business unit, and her new role will focus exclusively on international business, with responsibility for sales, marketing and operations in Canada, Mexico and other strategic regions.


Jeff Drees

Daikin Industries name Jeff Drees as CEO and president of Daikin Applied Americas, replacing Mike Schwartz who retired at the end of August. Drees joined Daikin Applied in 2020 with responsibility for expanding the portfolio of offerings and growing the company through acquisitions. His previous experience includes commercial engineering, and he held executive positions in private equity and also worked at Schneider Electric.


Jeff Bredeson

Systemair North America has appointed Jeff Bredeson as president for all activities in North America, including sales and the company’s three factories (Bouctouche, New Brunswick; Tillsonburg, Ont.: and Lenexa, Kansas) as well as Systemair’s Fantech and Greentek residential divisions. Bredeson’s career includes roles in the HVAC and pump industries, most recently as president of S&P USA Ventilation Systems. Prior positions include president of Hydroflo Pumps and vp sales at Taco Comfort Solutions.


Sheila Lenss

Danfoss has named Sheila Lenss as vice president, head of its Americas drives business, replacing Ian Barrie, who is retiring after 28 years. Lenss brings more than 20 years of executive leadership to the role coming over from Carrier, where she led the industrial fire (oil & gas) vertical business. Prior to Carrier, she held marketing, sales and operations leadership roles with Honeywell.




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